Halifax, N.S. – Chasing their first victory of the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia, the WHL champion Prince Albert Raiders take on the QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Monday night in Halifax.
Your three keys to the game for the Prince Albert Raiders are as follows:
1) Stay loose: Head Coach Marc Habscheid noted his team seemed to be gripping the sticks a little tighter than normal in a Game 1 defeat under the big lights and in front of the big Halifax crowd. After two days off and some team-bonding time around the city, the Raiders will look to get back to being themselves in Game 4 of the tournament as they seek that critical first win.
2) Compete level & work ethic: There’s no question that a high-powered Huskies squad is known for its work ethic and compete level, but so are the Raiders. Game 4 will be a battle of will and while it isn’t quite a must-win, the Raiders know that being in a situation without a victory after two games is not ideal. Prior to Game 4, Sean Montgomery and Cole Fonstad echoed the sentiment that the Raiders can reach a higher compete level than what they showed on Friday against Halifax, so it’s safe to say we can expect a fierce push Monday evening.
3) Pressure Dobson: New York Islanders prospect and Huskies defenceman Noah Dobson logs a lot of minutes on the backend for Rouyn-Noranda Head Coach Mario Pouliot. In Game 1 against the Guelph Storm, the OHL champions were able to force the product of Summerside, PEI into turning the puck over as they limited his time with the puck and took away space. The Raiders will look to do the same in order to stifle the Huskies breakouts and quick transition.
Game 4 of the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia is set for 5 p.m. MT/8 p.m. AT in Halifax. For complete information on the 2019 Memorial Cup, please visit chlmemorialcup.ca.